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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Andrej Pejic: Gender bender

True gender bender, Andrej Pejic, made quite a splash when 'he' walked in Jean Paul Gaultier's autumn/winter 2011 show in Paris earlier this year. This model has confused many people, mainly because people can't figure him out. Is he a boy or a girl? Pejic told a Telegraph reporter that he "didn't plan any of this but if that's what it takes for me to have a career in this industry, then why not?" When asked if he'd consider getting a sex change, Pejic said, "Yes, if I was offered a Victoria's Secret contract. You'd have to, wouldn't you. I can't imagine doing it any other way. But, at this point I'm comfortable with who I am now." 

Most of the world of course thinks in this binary way. There is always a need to define someone, man or women? black or white? attractive or ugly? There are such narrow definitions of what a man or a woman is. These stereotypes make it very difficult for those trying to break down this order.

Watch this video on Andrej's journey:

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